ERIC Number: EJ1049329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Reference Count: 12
Virtual Bridge Design Challenge
Mitts, Charles R.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n2 p8-14 Oct 2013
This design/problem-solving activity challenges students to design a replacement bridge for one that has been designated as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The Aycock MS Technology/STEM Magnet Program Virtual Bridge Design Challenge is an authentic introduction to the engineering design process. It is a socially relevant stand-alone STEM-centered activity that engages both male and female students. The history of the role of bridges in society and researching ways to fund the rebuilding of U.S. bridge infrastructure are just two examples of potential for cross-curricular collaboration.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Facility Planning, Design, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Computer Simulation, Standards, STEM Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Civil Engineering, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Construction (Process), Structural Elements (Construction), Science and Society
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